About the Author

Ren Makino

Ren is currently a student at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. Thanks to going through the NGPF curriculum multiple times, he is able to be financially aware while at college.

Author: Ren Makino

NGPF Podcast: Shawn Dilly (Jefferson County, WV) on preparing high schoolers for the workplace of the future

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Oct 25, 2019
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Podcasts, Personal Finance, Advocacy
  A big thanks to Shawn Dilly for joining me on the podcast to discuss his priorities as asst. superintendent of instructional support for Jefferson County (WV) schools. Shawn describes the important job that high schools have in developing the skills to succeed in the workplace of tomorrow. He explains what skills he believes are most important and the instructional shifts required to bring these to fruition. Enjoy!  Details: 0:00~1:19 Introduction 1:19~2:17 Shawn’s role as...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (October 21-25, 2019)

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Oct 20, 2019
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Professional Development
Here's what teachers are saying about our new Virtual PDs: "Keep it up. NGPF has been the most engaging PD I've attended in years." "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Great session! Loved it and will be back for more." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF Academy. All times listed below are Pacific Time.  Virtual Professional Development: a...

NGPF Podcast: Liz Frazier discusses her new book, Beyond Piggy Banks and Lemonade Stands

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Oct 18, 2019
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Podcasts, Personal Finance
The daughter of a financial planner, Liz saw first hand how her Mom's practice helped families manage their money more effectively..so she eventually followed in her footsteps. In this NGPF podcast, Liz shares her approach to working with her clients, why she believes so strongly in a fee-only structure for financial planners and details some client success stories. In her new book, Beyond Piggy Banks and Lemonade Stands, Liz provides a "how-to" book to help parents with young children...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (October 14-19, 2019)

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Oct 13, 2019
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Professional Development
Here's what teachers are saying about our new Virtual PDs: "Keep it up. NGPF has been the most engaging PD I've attended in years." "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Great session! Loved it and will be back for more." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF Academy. All times listed below are Pacific Time.  Virtual Professional Development: a...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (October 7-12, 2019)

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Oct 06, 2019
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Professional Development, Investing, Interactive
Here's what teachers are saying about our new Virtual PDs: "Keep it up. NGPF has been the most engaging PD I've attended in years." "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Great session! Loved it and will be back for more." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF Academy. All times listed below are Pacific Time.  Virtual Professional Development: a...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (September 30-October 5, 2019)

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Sep 29, 2019
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Professional Development
Here's what teachers are saying about our new Virtual PDs: "Keep it up. NGPF has been the most engaging PD I've attended in years." "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Great session! Loved it and will be back for more." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF Academy. All times listed below are Pacific Time.  Virtual Professional Development: a...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (September 23-27, 2019)

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Sep 22, 2019
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Professional Development
Here's what teachers are saying about our new Virtual PDs: "Keep it up. NGPF has been the most engaging PD I've attended in years." "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Great session! Loved it and will be back for more." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF Academy. All times listed below are Pacific Time.  Virtual Professional Development: a...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (September 16-20, 2019)

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Sep 15, 2019
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Professional Development
Here's what teachers are saying about our new Virtual PDs: "Keep it up. NGPF has been the most engaging PD I've attended in years." "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Great session! Loved it and will be back for more." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF Academy. All times listed below are Pacific Time.  Virtual Professional Development: a...

NGPF Podcast: Dan Otter and Scott Dauenhauer discuss launch of 403bWise.org

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Sep 13, 2019
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Podcasts, Investing, Personal Finance, Teaching Strategies
For almost two decades, no one has done more to support teachers in navigating the 403(b) minefield than Dan and Scott. They will share an exciting new announcement. Listen to Dan and Scott discuss the "new" 403bWise, how they plan to support teachers in the future and their best ideas on how to reform the system. Oh, and they will make you smarter about investing too. Be prepared to be inspired! Introduction: 0:00~2:58 Introduction 2:58~7:29 Changes happening in personal finance education...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (September 9-13, 2019)

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Sep 08, 2019
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Professional Development
Here's what teachers are saying about our new Virtual PDs: "Keep it up. NGPF has been the most engaging PD I've attended in years." "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Great session! Loved it and will be back for more." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF Academy. All times listed below are Pacific Time.  Virtual Professional Development: a...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (September 2-6, 2019)

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Sep 01, 2019
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Professional Development
Here's what teachers are saying about our new Virtual PDs: "Keep it up. NGPF has been the most engaging PD I've attended in years." "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Great session! Loved it and will be back for more." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF Academy. All times listed below are Pacific Time.  Virtual Professional Development: a...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (August 26-30, 2019)

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Aug 25, 2019
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Professional Development
Here's what teachers are saying about our new Virtual PDs: "Keep it up. NGPF has been the most engaging PD I've attended in years." "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Great session! Loved it and will be back for more." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF Academy. All times listed below are Pacific Time.  Virtual Professional Development: a...

NGPF Podcast: Trisha DeBacco discusses increasing access to financial education in the Webster School District (NY)

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Aug 23, 2019
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Podcasts, Advocacy, Personal Finance
What started as a trickle of students in a few Personal Finance sections at her high school has turned into a deluge. Trisha DeBacco shares her story of how personal finance evolved from an elective to a graduation requirement in her school district. Learn about her board presentation and how she made it a "hands-on" experience as well as her FAVE activities when it comes to student engagement. Enjoy!  Details: 0:00~2:05 Introduction 2:05~2:43 School community in Webster 2:43~5:18...

NGPF Professional Development This Week (August 19-23, 2019)

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Aug 18, 2019
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Professional Development
Here's what teachers are saying about our new Virtual PDs: "Keep it up. NGPF has been the most engaging PD I've attended in years." "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Great session! Loved it and will be back for more." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF Academy. All times listed below are Pacific Time.  Virtual Professional Development: a...

NGPF Podcast: Thom Gibson and Mike Franz Discuss Classroom Economies

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Aug 16, 2019
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Podcasts, Economics, Activities
Thom and Mike share a common passion: creating classroom economies to bring economics and personal finance to life for their students. Thom and Mike share their different approaches to bringing this engaging tool into middle and high school classrooms. Enjoy! Details 0:00~2:20 Introduction 2:20~7:31 Thom’s YouTube video class and tips to building engagement 7:31~13:07 Mike’s method of bringing economics to life 13:07~22:39 Tom’s middle school classroom economy 22:39~26:40 How...